NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied for temporary asylum in Russia. A lawyer who claims to know the application says Snowden fears he could face torture and the death penalty if he returns to the US.
Edward Snowden called on a Berlin audience via livestream to stand up and act on their freedoms – without asking permission. He also hinted at a new encryption technology he's co-developing to circumvent surveillance.
Russian President Vladimir Putin compared ex-FBI chief Comey with whistleblower Edward Snowden and offered him asylum during his annual call-in show. Putin also said that the Russian people would decide on his successor.
A Russian court has postponed the deportation of Ali Feruz, a journalist at the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, to Uzbekistan. It is to wait for a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
A German investigative committee has presented its findings to the Bundestag on US spying on Germany - and Germany's spying on its allies. The report is more than 1,800 pages long but contains little consensus.
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